UK lawmakers want Harry and Meghan's 'Duke and Duchess of Sussex' titles revoked after Netflix docu airs
LONDON, ENGLAND: Ever since the release of the multi-million-dollar Netflix docuseries 'Harry & Meghan', the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been the talking point amongst their supporters and royal fans alike. With many of the royal family loyalists long calling for them to be stripped of their titles, it comes as no surprise that the debate has gained steam after the docuseries. The latest addition to the list of those wanting them gone is British Member of Parliament, Bob Seely.
He has called out that the couple’s royal status has to be taken away because they are "monetizing" their titles with "aggressive and unbelievable" attacks on Britain by generalizing the country as racist and the Commonwealth countries by calling it the "Empire 2.0." It must be noted here that the Commonwealth legacy is one that was tirelessly propounded by the late Queen herself, till the end of her days.
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Daily Mail has reported that Isle of Wight MP Seely is working on a Private Citizen’s bill that will allow the Privy Council to demote them further down the pecking order. This comes after an insinuation by Meghan on the new docuseries that the UK was a lot more obsessed with race than the US, with her admitting that she was never treated as a black woman until she had come to Britain.
The show also has Harry talking about the "unconscious bias" amongst members of the family- with their show pointing out the Princess Michael of Kent wearing a Blackamoor-style brooch in front of Meghan in 2017 for a pre-Christmas event. She was forced to apologize.
Seely is quick to make sure that the people know that Backbench bills rarely become law, but to quite simply broach the subject at the House of Commons will be "a start." In order to change their status, the legislation would have to amend the Titles Deprivation Act of 1917- this statute was used to remove honors like peerages from German sympathizers during the First World War.
Multiple commentators on the show have talked about how the Commonwealth association of nations is just a remnant of the Royal Family’s colonial past- with one of them even going so far as to suggest that this racist legacy made it difficult for Meghan to join the family and be loved by the people.